Dry Weather Kills Thousands of Fish In Iowa County

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

Dead fish at Gateway Park in Marengo on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. (MARK CARLSON/KCRG-THE GAZETTE)


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA COUNTY, Iowa - The stretch if warm dry weather has killed off thousands of fish in a pond along the Iowa River, according to officials. The small pond, which connects to the river, is located in Gateway Park in Marengo.

Brad Baker of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the natural fish kill happened when river access was cut off to the pond as river levels dropped. The fish, most carp, buffalo fish and shad, lost oxygen as a result, Baker said.

The current conditions will likely cause the fish to decompose quickly, said Paul Sleeper, a DNR biologist.

DNR officials say similar fish kills have happened in the area before. Tuesday morning snakes were observed eating some of the dead fish.

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